From Jaime Weinman of Maclean’s Magazine:
- Detectives who aren’t that smart
“Everyone in the U.S. these days wants to do a show like The Rockford Files, but Canada got there first with Republic of Doyle. Allan Hawco, star and creator of the CBC’s new comedy-mystery (airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m.), told Maclean’s that he got the idea for the show, about a private investigator in St. John’s, Ã¢â‚¬Å“when I was watching The Rockford Files with my dad. I was thinking it’s time we re-investigate these private detective shows, as long as we don’t take them too seriously.Ã¢â‚¬Â Rockford’s mix of mystery and self-parody is beloved in the TV business; Kay Reindl wrote at seriocity.blogspot.com that most writers dream of Ã¢â‚¬Å“creating a light detective show.Ã¢â‚¬Â Now that Doyle is on the air, we’ll find out if viewers like this kind of show as much as writers do.” Read more.